Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder is asking a federal court for permission to search through text messages and other communications made by former team president Bruce Allen.

Allen, who worked for the team for a decade until his firing at the end of the 2019 season, is alleged to have been a source for negative reporting about the team and Snyder that came out last spring.

The filing is in conjunction with a lawsuit filed in India, against a company named MEAWW, which ran unsubstantiated allegations against Snyder in the weeks leading up to a series of Washington Post reports about sexual misconduct among team executives.

In the California filing, Snyder's legal team notes that Allen was "rarely, if ever," mentioned in the exposés, despite his "hands-on role in running the Team on a day-to-day basis."

It continues: "This glaring omission raises further questions about Respondent’s possible role in and/or knowledge of the creation, solicitation, drafting and publication of the Defamatory Articles."